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Teri Lanza

Teri Lanza
Editorial Director
tlanza@vpico.com

07/11/2011

Talking 24/7 Access on the 24/7 Self-Storage Talk

The 24-hour retail operations, or "two-four stores," popped up first in Texas in the 60s at 7/11 stores, and ever since, customers (Americans, especially) have demanded businesses be open 24 hours a day. With Walmart, the planet's largest retailer, boasting ubiquitous 24-hour supercenters where consumers can buy most everything they would ever need, some seem to think the always-open tenet should apply to self-storage, too.
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07/08/2011

Self-Storage TV: Living With the Fallout

We’re all plumb sick of reality TV shows “Storage Wars” and “Auction Hunters,” and yet as self-storage professionals, we’re living with the consequences of these programs every day. Not only have they created dangerous misconceptions about our business, they’ve made lien sales a more precarious enterprise.
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07/05/2011

Sharing Good News on Self-Storage Talk

Self-Storage Talk, as the industry's largest online forum, often gets that reputation, too. A few times I've heard people comment, "It seems like a lot of people on the site just love to complain." While it's true many of our members reach out to the community for support during difficult times, or at least go to the board to commiserate after long and frustrating days, these same members also don't hesitate the share the good things happening with their lives and businesses.
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06/27/2011

The Power of 4,000: Self-Storage Talk Community Provides Massive Outlet

Four thousand people belong to Self-Storage Talk, the largest online forum in the industry.Like Critical Mass, SST is also a community, only instead of the issue being biking, it's self-storage. But many of the same benefits exists: meeting new friends, chatting about shared interests, and unifying toward a common mission.
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06/24/2011

Self-Storage Construction and Development: ISS 2011 Survey

Would you be interested to know where self-storage facilities are being built over the next 12 months? Would it be useful to understand which markets are supporting new storage projects and the types and sizes of facilities being erected? Inside Self-Storage (ISS) is attempting to collect information about self-storage construction activity in the U.S. and abroad with a newly launched survey, and we need reader input to help us all better grasp the self-storage development landscape.
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06/20/2011

Vote in Poll, Discuss Summer Business on Self-Storage Talk

Summer tends to be hectic at self-storage facilities. It's a popular time for tenants to want access to their boats and RVs and recreational vehicles. Likewise, with all of the new marriages and recent college graduates, people are invariably on the move this time of year, not to mention the fact that in most parts of the United States, the weather is actually conducive to moving.
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06/13/2011

Self-Storage Talk Provides Support in Times of Transition

This past week and weekend, I observed another instance of how Self-Storage Talk can provide support to those who need it the most. SST, the largest online community in the industry, became a sounding board for a long-tenured  resident self-storage manager who was unexpectedly fired.
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